Sunday, June 6, 2010

Final Day Highlights at Dhule State Ranking Table Tennis tournament


Youth Boy's Finals
Dheeraj Rai (MSD) beat Chandrashekhar Gole (MSD) 11-9,8-11,11-7,8-11,11-7,4-11,11-7

Youth Girl's Finals
Senora D'Souza (MCD) beat Shweta Parte (MCD) 5-11,11-4,11-7,11-8,11-9

Women's Finals
Pooja Sahasrabuddhe (Thane) beat Prajakta Tipale (Thane) 11-9,10-12,11-6,11-8,9-11,11-7

Men's Singles Finals
Sanil Shetty (MSD) beat Aniket Koparkar (Pune) 11-8,8-11,11-9,9-11,11-3,11-8

India wins Gold at South Asian Table Tennis

Dehradun

The Indian Junior team won the Gold at the South Asian Table Tennis games held at Dehradun.

We are awaiting more details and will post as soon as we get more information.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010

Highlights of Dhule State Ranking Tournament 2010

Pooja Sahasrabuddhe
June 5th

Youth National Champion Pooja Sahasrabuddhe was beaten by Senora D'Souza 4-1 (11-8,11-9,11-6 and 13-11)

Rohit Chaudhari, aiming to play the Nationals for the 20th time beat 4th seed Tanmay Datta 4-1

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

Highlights of Dhule State Ranking Tournament 2010



Dhule Wind Turbines and Agra Road in Dhule City

Earlier News: Dhule State Table Tennis Ranking

Old stalwart Upendra Mulye beat 8th seed Zubin Taraporewala 3-0 to reach the pre-quarterfinals.

RAJ SHINDE of Pune, seeded a low 13, beat top seed Vedant Shah of MSD 7/11,11/6,11/5,11/1 3,11/6

Two major upsets were seen yesterday.

Advait Brahme of Pune beat the top seed of the Junior Boy's singles event - Brahme beat Chandrashekhar Gole (MSD) 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, and 11-7
The gritty Advait has just graduated from the Cadet ranks this year.

In another significant upset, Paresh Murekar (MSD) beat Noel Pinto (MSD) in the Youth Boy's event 11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 10-12 and 11-9.

In the Sub Junior Boy's singles event 3rd round giant killer, Kalpak Bansod of Nagpur upset top seed Siddhesh Pande of Thane in straight games 11/5,11/8,11/3.
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Cadet Girls finals

Shruti Amrute (Thane) beat Simran Haria (MSD) in a close encounter in the Cadet Girls finals - 11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, and 11-5

Cadet Boys Finals

Tejas Kamble (Thane) beat Raj Shinde (Pune) in another close contest 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 13-11, and 11-3

More live highlights to follow.

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

China wins World Team Championships

With his devastating attack, Ma Lin starred in China's victory over Germany at the World Table Tennis Championships at Moscow.

Timo Boll was once again the hero of the losing side, beating World No. 1 Ma Long in a thrilling encounter after being 0-2 games down at one stage.

Results:
Ma Long lost to Timo Boll 2-3
Ma Lin beat D Ovtcharov 3-0
Zhang Jike beat C Suss 3-0
Ma Lin beat Timo Boll 3-1

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010

Indian men finish 29th, women 37th at the WTTC


Indian men finished 29th while the women finished 37th in the World Team Table Tennis Championships held at Moscow.

In the play off for the 29th spot, India beat Brazil 3-1 even though it did not field the star player - Sharath Kamal.
In an earlier match, India had lost to Serbia after it was relegated to the 25-36 position play off. In the league matches, India lost the crucial tie to Belgium.

2013 World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held at Paris


Paris will host the 2013 edition of the World Team Table Tennis championships.

In a rare gesture, Doha gave up its bid so that Paris can conduct the Championships in a decade after it had hosted the 47th edition of the event.

Aniket Koparkar bags Men's crown


Pune's Aniket Koparkar won the Men's singles title at the 2nd District Ranking tournament held at Sharada center today. In the finals, he beat Bhushan Thakur in straight games.

Although a couple of games were hard fought, Bhushan had real chances only in the first game. After he let that opportunity slip, it was Koparkar all the way.

In a hard fought Youth boys finals, Chinmay Datar of the host team, claimed the title beating the gritty Amish Karamchandani of Deccan Gymkhana. The match went all the way to the last game and the last two points decided the title. Amish had the edge throughout but Chinmay breasted the tape first.

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

India finishes 2nd in League



India finished second behind Belgium in the 2nd Division league matches at the World Championships of Table Tennis being held at Moscow.

India's star player, Sharath Kamal, was not at his best self losing two matches in the leagues, including a loss against the junior player from Belgium. The others started well in the initial matches but crumbled when it mattered most. With this loss, India's dream of moving into the elite 1st division is in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, the favorites China topped their group and look set to dominate the proceedings. However, the reigning World Champion Wang Hao was stretched in a couple of matches by relatively lesser known players. China is exposing their new players Xu Xin and Zhang Jike at the World level since Wang Liqin was eliminated in the selection trials.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

World Team Championships commence at Moscow



The World Team Table Tennis championships start today at Moscow.

As usual, China are by default the favorites. But the shocking news is that they do not have the formidable Wang Liqin in their line up for the first time since 1997. Liqin lost in a play off against Ma Lin in the selection trials. Earlier, Wang Hao had squeaked into the team by beating both Ma Lin and Liqin. The other members in the squad are the very young Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Zhang Jike.

India spearheaded by Sharath Kamal, play in the second division and will hope they can turn a good performance and move into the elite group for the next edition.

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

Maharashtra State and Pune District TT Calendar


Here's the tentative Calendar for the 2010 for Maharashtra State and Pune District Table Tennis players. Click the picture to see in detail.
There is an apparent clash around July 15 in the Calendar. We'll keep you updated on this.

Note the following:

PD - Pune District Ranking
SR - Maharashtra State Ranking
WZ - West Zone National Ranking

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Mallika in the World's Top Ten



Mallika Bhandarkar of Maharashtra rolled into the top ten of the Girls U-15 section in the ITTF World Rankings published in May.

She is probably the highest ranked player India has ever produced in any age or open category. The gutsy player has always been in contention at the World level in the Cadet Section. What is more creditable is that she is in the top 50 in the U 18 Girls section and in the top 100 of the U-21 section. Mallika is also slowly climbing the Women's rankings.

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

Chaudhari steers Deccan Gymkhana to Inter Club Table Tennis title



Rohit Chaudhari of Deccan Gymkhana was the hero of the day at the finals of the Inter-club Table Tennis championships held at Solaris Club.

Chaudhari earned two wins for Deccan, while his team mate completed the win by winning the deciding rubber in a facile manner. Shubhankar Ranade had provided some respite by beating Kunal Tilekar in the 3rd rubber. Deccan thus won the match 3-2.

The keenly anticipated match of the day was Rohit Chaudhari vs Bhushan Singh Thakur. Thakur is an ex-international player. But the day belonged to the accurate play of Chaudhari. Thakur could offer only token resistance in a match that was dominated by Chaudhari but punctuated with thrilling rallies. The only point at which Chaudhari faced resistance was at 6-3 in the 3rd game. Chaudhari relaxed his grip to allow Thakur to make a come back. Thakur won the game after saving a match point down 9-10.

The fourth game was a complete rout. Chaudhari led 9-0 and eventually won the game at 11-3.

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

India placed in the Second Division of the World Team Championships

The Indian team consisting of A Sharath Kamal, Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha, A Amalraj, and Sourav Chakraborty, has been placed in the second division of the World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held at Moscow, Russia from 23-30 May.

Among the ladies, India will be represented by Mouma Das, Poulomi Ghatak, K Shamini, Madhurika Patkar, and Divya Deshpande.

China, Korea Republic, and Germany top the seedings list in the men's section while China, Singapore, and Korea Republic head the women's list.

Meanwhile, China has two new faces in its squad - Zhang Jike and Xu Xin, who have done exceptionally well in the last couple of years and also proved their merit by qualifying from the very tough selection process. Interestingly, Ma Lin does not find a place in the squad.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

Indian Railways win World Title

The Indian Railways team bagged two golds in the Men's Singles and Men's Team events at Nijniy Nogorod (Russia).

Arpit Bhopalkar won the prestigious Singles title beating Albert Kolodskikh in the finals. The Men's team comprised of Anirban Nandi, Arpit Bhopalkar and Sayan Paul Roy.

The Women's team won the Bronze Medal. The team consisted of Prajakta Tipale,Pallabi Kundu and Mansi Bhagwat.

The other medal winners were Prajakta Tipale & Pallabi Kundu won Silver Medal in Women Doubles. Prajakta Tipale won Bronze Medal in Women Singles. Anirban Nandi and Arpit Bhopalkar won Bronze Medal in Men Doubles. Anirban Nandi and Prajakta Tipale won Bronze Medal in Mixed Doubles. Mansi Bhagwat won Bronze Medal in Women Doubles with her Russian partner Shevlyakova V.

In all, Indian Railways won two Gold, one Silver and five Bronze medals.

Advanced table tennis serve

The table tennis serve is the most important stroke in the game because it provides the only situation in which you have total control over how and where you play the ball.

And an advanced table tennis serve will give you an even greater advantage over your opponent.

So if you really want to improve your game you'll need a variety of advanced services so that you can vary the spin, speed, disguise and direction of the ball.

For advanced service technique, the use of the wrist is of paramount importance.

Let's take a look at variations of an advanced table tennis serve ...

1. Short backspin serve

The short backspin serve makes it difficult for your opponent to play an attacking stroke, so it can be an effective serve to use.

  1. Stand close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance. Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose.

  2. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least 16cm (6 inches) after leaving your hand.

  3. Allow the ball to drop and then, with a forward action, hit the ball with your racket - striking the ball on the descent with a fast wrist action and brushing underneath the ball - so that it imparts maximum backspin onto the ball.

  4. You should use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a minimum.

You must ensure that the ball bounces on your side of the table and then goes over the net and bounces at least twice on your opponent's side of the table.

table tennis serve

My top table tennis techniques:

This advanced table tennis serve would normally be used to limit your opponent's chances of attacking the ball. It also increases the chances of you getting a return that is long enough to attack.

Try to strike the ball on the bottom/back part with a fast wrist action to impart maximum backspin and ensure that the ball bounces on your side of the table close to the net as shown in the above diagram.

This advanced table tennis serve can easily be practiced alone - Use multi-ball practice (i.e. have several balls).

2. Backhand sidespin serve

The short backhand sidespin service limits your opponent's options on which shots to play, so it increases the chances of a weak return.

  1. Stand close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance.

    Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose.

sidespin service table tennis
  1. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least 16cm (6 inches) after leaving your hand.

sidespin service table tennis
  1. Allow the ball to drop and then, with a sideways and slightly forward action, hit the ball with your racket.

    Use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a minimum.

    Strike the ball with a fast wrist action on the back/middle part of the ball so that it imparts maximum sidespin onto the ball.

sidespin service table tennis

3. High toss serve

The high toss service is one of the best table tennis techniques you can master and is favoured by many of the top players because the speed of the ball falling onto the racket helps you to impart extra spin and speed onto the ball.

Forehand high toss serve from the backhand court

  1. Stand close to the table in your backhand corner.

    Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose.

high toss service table tennis
  1. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least 60cm (24 inches) after leaving your hand.

    NB. It is no longer legal to use your free arm or your body to disguise the point of contact of the ball on the racket.

high toss service table tennis
  1. Allow the ball to drop and then strike the ball using a fast, loose wrist action so that you impart maximum spin onto the ball.
    Use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a minimum. Your racket should strike the ball when it is about 15cm (6 inches) above the surface of the table, i.e. the same height as the net.

high toss service table tennis
  1. Use different stroke actions to produce variations in spin.

  1. Use your follow-through action to disguise the type of spin you've imparted onto the ball by moving the racket in a different direction to the direction used when you struck the ball.

high toss service table tennis

My top table tennis techniques:

This advanced table tennis serve would normally be used to stop the receiver from attacking - and when you want to attack the return, so it's one of the best table tennis techniques to master.

With this type of service, you can create many different subtle variations of spin. You can apply sidespin, together with either topspin or backspin - and keep your opponent guessing as to what type of service he'll receive.

By imparting sidespin on the ball, you can also encourage your opponent to return the ball to a specific area - which increases your chances of attacking the ball.

Generally you should try to keep the service short over the net to limit your opponent's chances of attacking the ball, but you should also vary the length, speed and direction of your service in order to unsettle your opponent.

  • A long fast service may be produced using a slightly closed bat angle. The ball should make contact with the table within the first third on your side.

  • A short, relatively slow service may be produced using an open bat angle. The ball should make contact with the table around two thirds of the way down your half.

  • A particularly effective short service is one in which the second bounce on your opponent's side (if the ball is not played) makes contact with the table at or very near the end of the table.

table tennis service


As well as learning the advanced table tennis serve, you'll also need to master the ...

Advanced service return

Once you've mastered the basic push and drive strokes to return service, you should move on to mastering a variety of positive, rather than passive, returns.

The three which are favoured by most leading players to return a short service are:

1. Short Push

The short push return makes it difficult for your opponent to play an attacking stroke, so it can be an effective stroke to play.

  1. Stand very close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance.

  2. Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose. Your free arm should point towards the ball to assist with your balance.

  3. Lean over the table and, using a very short stroke, hit the ball before it reaches the top of the bounce.

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The purpose of this stroke is to stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so you should try to make sure that your shot is also played short over the net and to a wide angle.

You should ensure that the ball bounces at least twice on your opponent's side of the table.

2. Fast Attacking Push

Use the same technique as the short push (above), but use a fast wrist action to push the ball deep and fast.

My top table tennis techniques:

Aim your shot into the crossover point (the crossover point is the area in which the player has no obvious choice of forehand or backhand. For a right handed player, the crossover point is roughly in line with the right hip) or play it wide.

3. Forehand Flick

Whilst the push shot uses an open racket, the forehand flick uses a closed racket.

The technique used is the same but you hit over the back or top of ball, using a loose wrist action.

table tennis flick